RideStaffs: Staffordshire Cycling Festival 2017


RideStaffs: Staffordshire Cycling Festival 2017

For 2017 the RideStaffs Staffordshire Cycling Festival moves from Shugborough Hall to Chillington Hall in Staffordshire. Our three sportive routes are new and include an all new gravel road finish on roads that are normally closed to the public. 

Before during and after your event, expect a warm friendly atmosphere and great food and drink as we take over the secluded model farm that’s snuck away behind Chillington Hall itself. 

“Challenging, rolling route, brilliant sunshine!”

Paul, Haughton

“really enjoyed the 55 mile route yesterday posted a good time, it was well organized with everything, looking forward to the next one in july”


“We really enjoyed ourselves yesterday, everyone was really friendly and helpful, we appreciated the applause when we arrived back!”

Christine, Atherstone

“can i congratulate  you on another  fantastic  sportive today, really  enjoyed it”

Mark, Stoke

“Congratulations on a great circuit today, well organised. Look forward to next one 👍👍👍”

Stephen, Stafford

The Long One

  • Distance: 69.3miles / 111km

  • Climbing: 2,738ft / 834m

  • Minimum Average Speed = 12mph

About the route:

While we’re starting from a new venue, we’ve resisted the temptation to venture over the border and into Shropshire (for now!). As such our long ride takes you east to begin and into the familiar territory of Cannock Chase to begin with before continuing over the stunning Blithfield Reservoir and on towards Uttoxeter.

The most northern point of our route is the town of Stone and from there it’s new territory for our July sportive as we go west then south through Seighford and on to Haughton, Church Eaton and Wheaton Aston before the final few miles back to Chillington and the closed road finale through the grounds of the estate itself. 

  • There will be 2 feed stops on the long sportive route
Eventbrite - RideStaffs 2017 Sportives

The Middle One

  • Distance: 44.5miles / 71.6km

  • Climbing: 1620ft / 493m

  • Minimum Average Speed = 12mph

About the route:

Our middle sportive shares its first 20 miles with the Long sportive, sharing it’s high point with that ride after 11 miles as you climb onto Cannock Chase. The two routes separate between Rugeley and Abbots Bromley, with this route heading west and back toward the villages of Great Haywood and Tixall before climbing back over Cannock Chase via Brocton.

The next section of the route will provide a little respite as it descends toward Penkridge and on toward Brewood before the final push back to Chillington. Save a little for the final section, it’s tougher than it looks!

  • There will be 1 feed on the medium sportive route
Eventbrite - RideStaffs 2017 Sportives

The Short One

  • Distance: 23.9miles / 38km

  • Climbing: 766ft / 233m

  • Minimum Average Speed = 10mph

About the route:

Our short sportive parts company with the other 2 routes after 8miles, giving you a gentler route with less climbing to test the legs of beginners and others who fancy a shorter ride on the day. Penkridge marks the half way point on the route and is also the place where you’ll rejoin riders from the Middle sportive.  

The final segment of the route brings you back to Brewood, Bishops Wood and finally back into the estate at Chillington. And while there’s not a huge amount of climbing to be done on this ride, what there is can be found mainly in the second half, so if this is your first sportive outing, save a little for the end!

  • There is no scheduled feed stop on the medium sportive route
Eventbrite - RideStaffs 2017 Sportives